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No. 22 Bronco Men's Tennis Breaks Perfect Season in 4-3 Loss to No. 25 Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas The No. 22 ranked Boise State (5-1) men’s tennis perfect season record was snapped Sunday afternoon as the No. 25 Aggies of Texas A&M (2-0) topped the Broncos 4-3. Much like the Broncos’ last two team matches the loss, held at TAMU’s Mitchell Tennis Center, came down to a close final match to decide the winner.

“The last three [team] matches we’ve played have come down to the last [singles] match,” explained head coach Gregg Patton. “We didn’t win the close match today, but the competition will help prepare us for tough competitions later in the season. We are getting a good education of how to play in rough waters right now.”

Earning an early 1-0 advantage, the Broncos were able to pick up two of three match wins in doubles play. The Broncos’ No. 2 doubles team, Steve Robertson and Clancy Shields, earned a solid 8-5 win over TAMU’s Chris Chirico and Wil Spencer. BSU’s No. 41 ranked Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson won the No. 3 doubles match over Matt Bain and Jerry Makowski, also with an 8-5 score.

The Aggies earned one win in doubles play when Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek defeated BSU’s Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj, 8-3.

In singles play, TAMU’s Spencer evened the team score at one-point apiece with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Robertson in the No. 3 singles match. Shortly after, Bain pushed the Aggies ahead with a 2-1 score winning his No. 6 singles match over BSU’s Blake Boswell (6-4, 6-0).

Tying the team score at 2-2, No. 69 ranked Brent Werbeck shut down the Aggies’ No. 90 ranked Chirico, 6-3, 6-0.

The Aggies pulled ahead in the teeter-totter scoring trend when No. 23 Pollock fought through his No. 1 singles match to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 over Bronco Luke Shields.

Forcing the third tie of the day in team scoring, No. 19 ranked Clancy Shields convincingly defeated Makowski, 6-3, 6-3 to bring the team score to 3-3 with one match to go.

In the No. 5 singles match, TAMU’s Krajicek battled through a tight match with Dilaj to seal the team title for the Aggies. In a similar trend to the Broncos’ last two team duals, the deciding match finished with a close 7-5, 7-6 (7) score.

The Broncos will look to rebound from their first loss of the season next weekend when they face Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. BSU will first travel to Provo, Utah on Friday, February 1 to face the Cougars of BYU. The Broncos will take on the Runnin’ Utes of Utah on Saturday, February 2 in Salt Lake City. Both matches are set for 5 p.m. starts.

(25) TEXAS A&M 4, (22) BOISE STATE 3

January 27, 2008

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

at College Station, Texas

Attendance: 630

SINGLES

No. 1 (23) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. (47) Luke Shields (Boise State), 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 (19) Clancy Shields (Boise State) def. Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-3.

No. 3 Wil Spencer (Texas A&M) def. Steve Robertson (Boise State), 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4 (69) Brent Werbeck (Boise State) def. (90) Chris Chirico (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-0.

No. 5 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Piotr Dilaj (Boise State), 7-5, 7-6 (7).

No. 6 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Blake Boswell (Boise State), 6-4, 6-0.

DOUBLES

No. 1 Pollock-Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Dilaj-L.Shields (Boise State), 8-3.

No. 2 Robertson-C. Shields (Boise State) def. Chirico-Spencer (Texas A&M), 8-5.

No. 3 (41) Koenke-Roberson (Boise State) def. Bain-Makowski (Texas A&M), 8-5.

ORDER OF FINISH

Doubles: 1, 3, 2

Singles: 3, 6, 4, 2, 1, 5*